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Asthma and air pollution | Environmental Defense Fund

If you have a child with asthma, you know how frightening the disease can be. There are few things worse for a parent than having to watch as your child fights to breathe in the middle of the night. The battle for clean air Asthma is the nation’s fastest growing chronic diseases, affecting 22 million Americans. More than 4,000 die every year from the disease, which also causes some 1.8 million emergency room visits. But even as scientists struggle to understand what’s causing this epidemic, one thing is certain: air pollution plays a critical role. Most air pollution comes either from car and truck exhaust or coal-burning power plants. Smog and soot (fine particles from burning oil or coal) from these sources aggravate asthma and trigger attacks. There is also evidence that ozone, a main ingredient in smog, and soot from diesel exhaust may even cause asthma in some cases. ...

Full article: http://www.edf.org/health/asthma-and-air-pollution

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